Layla Moran

Moran: “we are in dire need of action” from Government as rough sleeping in Oxfordshire rises by 90.5% in past year


 

key_The Government needs to get serious about eliminating rough sleeping or risk breaking yet another promise to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.     \

Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has said “the Government needs to get serious about eliminating rough sleeping” as figures show the number of households assessed as rough sleeping across Oxfordshire have risen by 90.5% in the past year, up from 95 to 181.

Layla, who recently held a House of Commons debate on rough sleeping, has called on the Government to take action to live up to their manifesto commitment of ending rough sleeping across the country stating that we are “in dire need of action”. 

Layla also called out the "heartless" cut to Universal Credit saying that it would "plunge even more people into poverty."

Commenting on the stats, Layla Moran said: "With rough sleeping figures tragically spiralling one thing is clear; we are in dire need of action from this Government who made a manifesto promise to end rough sleeping. "Yet, despite making this promise, they are working against this goal. They have failed to scrap the Vagrancy Act, which criminalises rough sleepers, and their heartless cut to the Universal Credit uplift will plunge even more people into poverty.  The Government needs to get serious about eliminating rough sleeping or risk breaking yet another promise to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

The Liberal Democrats understand that we need to treat rough sleepers like people, giving them the support they want and need on an individual basis. That starts by scrapping the Vagrancy Act, rolling out Housing First across England, and the Government committing to long-term funding for councils to give them the certainty they need.

Table for Oxfordshire:

Number of households assessed as rough sleeping 

 

2019/20

2020/21

Percentage change

Cherwell

24

49

104.2%

Oxford

29

65

124.1%

South Oxfordshire

7

20

185.7%

Vale of White Horse

14

29

107.1%

West Oxfordshire

21

18

-14.3%

TOTAL

95

181

90.5%

 


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